RdV: Meet and Greet
BY SEAN EVANS
For a night in the Meatpacking District, head to RdV (short for “Rendezvous”) first. Don’t be deterred by the moniker. Descend a dark stairway into the subterranean lounge and find an opulent realm that belies the nondescript door. David Graziano and Corey Lane (of Bagatelle fame) themed their hideaway after a turn-of-the-century hotel lobby, but it feels more like stepping into Europe in the 1960s. Pull up a fur-covered bench or any of the mismatched antique furniture and try out tasty drinks concocted by master mixologist Thierry Hernandez from the Bar du Plaza Athénée in Paris. (For more Meatpacking District spots, see “Guilty Pleasures: Blind Item/Nightlife.”) 409 W. 13th St., 212-255-1933
PHOTOGRAPH BY EVAN SKLAR
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